Boris Johnson wrote to Emmanuel Macron, who has officially proposed a joint patrol on the beaches of France as early as next week to stop small boats carrying immigrants to Britain.
In a letter spelling out later British plans 27 people drowned on the channel, Johnson is also seeking a new “return agreement” between the two countries.
If Paris agrees, immigrants arriving on the British coast will be illegally sent back to France and London will accept more child immigrants with connections to British families.
Downing Street sees this agreement as the best long-term solution to the escalating problem. Boat intersection, Because it undermines smugglers who promise a route to the UK.
Government sources said: “Return agreements will be the greatest deterrent to these crimes. If immigrants who illegally cross the strait are sent back to France, this will completely destroy the smuggling gang.”
Other UK proposals include more sensors on French beaches, better aerial surveillance, additional maritime patrols, and deeper joint intelligence activities.
This letter would be seen as an attempt to drive constructive debate after days of pointing between British and French politicians following the tragedy in the Straits.
French President Emmanuel MacronAccording to information from the Elysee Palace, Johnson called on Thursday night to “refrain from abusing tragic situations for political purposes.”
A few hours ago, Johnson called on France to “step up” and work with Britain to stop small boats. I think it deserves the situation. “
The debate was due to tensions in relations on other issues, such as the number of British fishing permits granted to France, a stand-off against Northern Ireland’s trade tensions caused by Brexit, and the recent Australia-UK-US nuclear submarine agreement. It’s getting complicated.
French fishermen are set to block the Port of Curry and the Channel Tunnel in a line on Friday. You have exceeded your fishing permit in the UK waters.
The Prime Minister is among the British people who believe Macron has lent to a recent political line to strengthen support at home prior to the bid for reelection next spring-the French minister is also Downing Street. Accusation of politicization thrown into.
On Thursday, there were signs that negotiations would be more constructive. Interior ministry officials will visit France on Friday to discuss broader cooperation between the two countries on channel immigration.
Priti Patel, Home Secretary, It is expected to attend a meeting of EU Immigration Ministers on Sunday to discuss measures to tackle the immigration crisis facing Europe.
France is concerned about the number of channel migrants passing through Belgium using the EU border.
Johnson’s letter doubles Patel’s offer to patrol French beaches by British police, border authorities, and even the military (which took place last week and was repeated Thursday).
Within the Whitehall, there are concerns that French authorities have not done enough to prevent boats of asylum seekers in the UK from launching from their shores.
The Prime Minister is proposing that border force personnel join France as soon as possible for such patrols, potentially on Monday.
They are not expected to be able to make arrests, but they may help monitor potential launch points and thwart smugglers.
It is unclear if the French agree with the proposal. Some French politicians said Thursday that this idea could undermine France’s sovereignty.
Another option available to Downing Street is to use private security to assist in patrols. Interior ministry sources downplayed the possibility of British military involvement.
Plans to dismantle networks that smuggle people
Macron made a speech during his visit to Croatia on Thursday, asking Britain for clarification and repeated calls for further assistance in the fight against smugglers.
Despite having centers in Calais and Dunkirk, “these men and women do not want asylum in France, so we will seek additional help from the British,” he said. ..
“Basically we need to develop [relations] Ask them for an explanation with our partners.We need to develop things in a much more powerful way, we need to strengthen our cooperation-cooperation [with] Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany as well as the United Kingdom [European] Commission. “
France wanted to work more closely with Britain to dismantle Network for smuggling people, The president added.
Prime Minister Jean Castex also held a crisis meeting with ministers on Thursday to discuss new measures and invited immigrant ministers from the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany to a meeting in Calais on Monday.
The talks argued that a “European scale” response was needed with the aim of “better fighting the network of smugglers behind these migration streams,” his office said.
Both sides agree that they have to do more Break the network of smugglersAccording to French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, many are based in the United Kingdom.